Several US security agencies today accused Russian-sponsored hackers of stealing “sensitive” information about US Department of Defense programs and intelligence services through “regular” attacks on partner companies.
The information was released in a joint advisory by the FBI, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
In the statement, the agencies mention that, between January 2020 and February 2022, “regular” computer attacks were detected on companies contracted by the United States Defense, by computer pirates (‘hackers’) supported by Moscow.
These companies support the US Department of Defense and intelligence services in areas such as combat systems, command, control, and communications, as well as surveillance and reconnaissance.
They also support weapons, missile, and software development, as well as vehicle and aircraft design or data analysis, among others.
The agencies noted that these “continuous intrusions” allowed hackers to gather “sensitive” and unclassified information, as well as technology patented by these companies and exported in a controlled manner.
“The information acquired provides significant insight into data on weapons platform development and deployment schedules, vehicle specifications, and plans for information technology and communications infrastructure,” they warn in the statement.
US agencies also state that, by obtaining internal documents on the patents of these companies and their ’email’ communications, “adversaries” can adapt their military plans and priorities, accelerate the development of technologies and inform politicians. foreigners about US intentions.
The warning also urges contracted companies to apply a series of measures to prevent this type of theft, because if they do not predictably, ‘hackers’ will continue to carry out this type of attack.
The warning from US security agencies comes at a time of tension between Washington and Moscow after Russia accumulated more than 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine.
Source: With Agencies